Dynamo Camp

A place where children who are living with illness can reconnect with nature

“The magic of Dynamo is truly strange, unusual and inexplicable. But it is all extraordinarily real and true… when the sessions end, I feel like I have super powers and, as soon as I get a chance, I try to transmit all the energy I have inside”

– A volunteer

Based in Limestre (Pistoia), Dynamo Camp Onlus is a non-profit organisation that has worked in the field of social issues and health since 2006. In 2007, it established Italy’s first Recreational Therapy Camp, welcoming children (aged 6-17) of all nationalities affected by chronic disease, to offer them and their families some holiday time free of charge.

The diagnosis of an illness does not only affect the young patient concerned, for this reason the camp has extended its programme to also include siblings, firmly placing family at the heart of the project’s activities.

Every year, more than 3,000 sick children are welcomed at the camp, set in the World Wildlife Fund’s nature reserve in the Pistoia Apennine mountain range, where they are offered the opportunity to play games and join creative workshops in which they can develop and demonstrate their abilities.

We, at Enel Cuore, firmly believe in the Dynamo Camp mission: we contributed to the extension of the Learning Centre, with the aim of rationalising and transforming the existing building complex into a polyfunctional area that can be used at any time of the year. Our support continued in 2018 with a new project to boost the structure’s capacity for hospitality and activities: proposed interventions include the renovation of “Cabin B”, a residential unit with 26 beds.

 

Details

Location: San Marcello Piteglio (PT)

Association: Associazione Dynamo Camp Onlus

Expected beneficiaries: approximately 500 beneficiaries

Total contribution made to Association: up to 500,000 euros (2016) and up to 260,000 euros (2018)

Duration: 2016; 2018